Belfast Telegraph

Leading UU science academic passes away

By Rebecca Black

An academic from Northern Ireland who made a major contribution to the safe and effective use of medicines has died.

Hugh McGavock was a Professor of Prescribing Science at Ulster University. The Cloughmills resident was also a founding member of the Drug Utilisation Research Group, the forerunner of the Prescribing and Research in Medicines Management (PRIMM), which awards a bursary in his name.

His books and papers during his career made "major contributions to the safe and effective use of medicines in the UK", PRIMM said.

In 2003 he warned that an antibiotic crisis could lead to thousands of people dying from previously treatable illnesses by 2015.

A funeral will take place for Prof McGavock on Saturday at noon in First Kilraughts Presbyterian Church, ahead of burial afterwards in Ballywillan Cemetery, Portrush.

A death notice described him as the beloved husband of Elizabeth, much loved father of James, Samuel and Philip, father-in-law of Susan, very dear grandad of Jamie and Beth and brother of Ray and Ann.

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